Two new channels launch on Connect TV platform
· The Jewellery Channel and Propeller TV to reach IP audience through Connect TV.
UK, London, December 2013: Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, has today announced two new channels on to the Connect TV platform. The new channels are The Jewellery Channel – an auction-style home shopping channel and online retailer and Propeller TV – a premium culture and entertainment channel for the UK’s Chinese community.
Connect TV enables broadcasters to combine content delivered on the terrestrial broadcast network alongside IP delivered content and present it on a single channel number from the Freeview EPG. The channels are launching this December.
Russ Armstrong, Director of Hybrid TV, Digital Platforms at Arqiva said: “Content providers are looking for seamless ways to reach and engage with the growing connected audience and Connect TV does just this. Ahead of the Christmas period these new channels will be able to serve their audiences with richer and longer lasting content.”
Colin Wagstaffe, Managing Director of The Jewellery Channel said: “We are very excited to be launching on Connect TV. We are always looking at ways to increase audience engagement, improve access and enrich our content across multiple platforms. Connect TV affords us this opportunity and we very much look forward to working with them.”
Andy Ye Ceo, from Propeller TV said: “We are delighted to be extending Propeller’s influence and broadcast footprint beyond the subscription distributors, and into digital TV with Connect TV. Not only will we be accessible to a wider UK audience but the use of internet works well for our youthful business in the digital era, where we aim to make our programmes available to anyone anywhere anytime.”
Viewers access the Single IP channel like any other, by selecting the channel from the Freeview or freesat guide or by selecting the channel number from the remote. The viewer is presented with a full screen picture with additional information such as programme name, start / end time and a synopsis – all displayed in a mini-overlay. Other services available on the platform include: single channel, hybrid and pay. The platform’s reporting and analytics enable broadcasters to gain a much deeper insight into how audiences are viewing and interacting with their channels.
Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, operates at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets.
The company is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world. Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK. Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the independent radio groups, major telco providers including the UK’s four mobile network operators, and the emergency services.
About Propeller TV
Propeller TV is now broadcasting on Freeview Connect 229, to digital TV receivers in the UK. Viewers will receive Propeller’s bilingual programmes that are made in the UK as well as the best of Chinese dramas, comedy, business, travel and entertainment that Propeller curates from China.
Our audience extends across Chinese students in UK, Ex Pat Chinese, local Chinese and British interested in Chinese culture. Propeller is owned by the Xiking group in China. Propeller TV is based in UK and broadcasts on Sky 189 and on CIBN internet TV platform in China. We make 2 hours of original programmes in the UK each week and have strategic partnerships with Chinese TV stations such as CCTV, CETV, and Beijing TV.
Key programmes include:
· UK Lifestyler best of UK culture and lifestyle
· Business World key business issues, insights and personalities in UK and China
· Chinatown best of Chinese culture in UK
· Hibrow High end UK arts show: Music, Dance, Theatre and Art.
· Passengers Travelogue around China and UK
· Soundstage Emerging popular music artists in both UK and China
· Dramas Romance of the Three Kingdoms (85 episodes), Beauties of the Emperor ( 48 episodes) The Legend of Bruce Lee ( 50 episodes)
· Films A range of Chinese world cinema releases due for late December.
About The Jewellery Channel
Launched on 4th April 2006, The Jewellery Channel now broadcasts to over 30 million homes across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
While their TV network features experienced presenters to showcase jewellery with beauty and affordability, TJC’s website also provides a substantial online presence.
The company is part of the VGL (Vaibhav Gems Limited) Group which both mines and hand-crafts many of the products sold on its websites and TV networks in both the UK and USA. They have also gained prominence for being able to cut out the usual Middle Men to offer price tags that are often lower than what customers would pay when shopping on the High Street.
From April 2008, TJC broadened their UK network to The Republic of Ireland – they now broadcast to over 30 million homes across Great Britain. In addition, they can be found online at www.tjc.co.uk.